Going to be dismissed from BSN program

  1. So as of today, I have failed my nursing course and this will be my second time. My final was yesterday and I needed 6 more points than I got to pass, and was unsuccessful. Right now I am heartbroken and unsure of my next move. I blame no-one but myself, I know I could've done better. I am feeling like an utter failure as I have been in school for 4 years now and have wasted so much money and time. I know I will have the option to write a letter of appeal to the Dean, I just do not believe that it will be accepted. There were circumstances in my life that made school challenging this time around, but nothing that I feel would give me a great case for re-acceptance. I guess I would just like some advice on where to go from here. I plan on writing the letter and hoping that by the grace of God I can get one more chance but barring that, what do I do? I never thought of doing anything else with my life besides being a nurse. From other forums I have read, I don't believe another school would accept me and trying the LPN route seems pointless since most facilities are phasing LPNs out anyway. I just need some guidance.
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  3. by   TruvyNurse
    Nursing is not for everyone. I'd suggest some soul searching. Maybe another health related career? Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant perhaps?
  4. by   forevergreatful
    write your letter, research other schools that will take nursing students that were dismissed. Depending on what semester u are in, and state you live in you are able to challenge the boards for an LVN license. If you follow that route u can join an LVN to RN route and possibly use the credits from the RN program at another school.
  5. by   jodispamodi
    write the letter, mention the challenging events, be sincere. In my state nurses who have taken a bsn program can take the lpn exam (speak to bon about that), also I'm noticing a trend with more lpn positions opening up in the states where I've worked and alot of acute ambulatory clinics hire mainly LPN's. Good luck!
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    That whole
    "LPNs are being phased out" was told to me when I was in LPN school. That was 1977- and LPNs are still here, still doing great work, and still much in demand.
  7. by   Scottishtape
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    That whole
    "LPNs are being phased out" was told to me when I was in LPN school. That was 1977- and LPNs are still here, still doing great work, and still much in demand.
    Yep. It amazes me that people still believe this nonsense. In my area, I've seen the exact opposite happen. The hospitals are opening themselves back up to LPNs to take nursing positions. There's a hospital like 15 minutes from me who are hiring LPNs in their ER in the role of primary nurse. I considered it before I decided to go back to school.

    To be fair though, there's still one hospital system here that won't hire LPNs except in their home health portion.
  8. by   Tprofitt
    So they've already re-admitted you and then you failed again? I think you can at least try to write the letter. If they already admitted you once before though you may just want to look into the lvn. Theres nothing wrong with it.
  9. by   MilesRN
    I live in the great state of Ohio, and we were told nearly 30 years ago that LPN's would be phased out. Well, here were are and they are still here. Many hospitals had eliminated the LPNs but not they are actively recruting them again. I would recommend a letter of appeal and request a meeting with the program Dean. If you want to be a nurse you will find a way. If this is your dream do not give up. Many outstanding nurses were not successful their first time in nursing school. Have you found a mentor/tutor? There are many resources available to help you. Look at Test Success by Nugent & Vitale available at Barnes and Noble. Purchase a NCLEX review book. Study and do practice questions each day.
  10. by   Cillax23
    I don't know your whole situation but if I were you, I would assess what went wrong before doing anything else. I started out at a 4 year university doing prereqs and I was nearly dismissed for poor performance. At first I was discouraged and thought maybe nursing isn't for me, but I also didn't see myself doing anything but nursing. I figured out that what I struggled with was the commute between campus, work, and home. I decided that I needed a school that was local so the commute wasn't an issue and somewhere cheap so I wouldn't have to work as much to pay for tuition. I also needed a school that would accept me despite my low GPA. A community college was the obvious answer for me. I have 5 months left in my program, I've been doing great, and I feel like I've found my purpose in life (I know that sounds cheesy but it's how I feel). This is just my story and I want to let you know that you shouldn't give up if nursing is 100% what you want to do. Find out what went wrong first and then see what would be best for you to do even if that means you go the ADN route and then do an RN to BSN program later. Good luck!
  11. by   Workitinurfava
    If you failed by a few points you could have passed. You are smart enough to be a nurse is what I am trying to say. Either you didn't care to take it seriously or you have some home life barriers that you are not acknowledging. You can't have all of this drama going on in your life while you are trying to go to school. You have to be organized. Make sure you aren't working too much because you need time to study. Either reapply or pick another school. What is done is done, if you want to be a nurse stop with all of the doubt. You need to have confidence and hope. Next time, have your stuff together and make sure no one stops you including you. Do the RN program. You may as well finish what you started.Good luck!
    Last edit by Workitinurfava on Dec 13, '17
  12. by   faith6616
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    That whole
    "LPNs are being phased out" was told to me when I was in LPN school. That was 1977- and LPNs are still here, still doing great work, and still much in demand.
    Oh, I meant no offense at all. My mother and mother-in-law are both wonderful LPNs and I would have no problem going to school to be one as well. I suppose that is just what I have heard around school and in some researching I've done, that many places are trying to get rid of LPNs and that eventually facilities will want everyone to have their bachelors. I will look into this route though.
  13. by   nursel56
    Quote from faith6616
    Oh, I meant no offense at all. My mother and mother-in-law are both wonderful LPNs and I would have no problem going to school to be one as well. I suppose that is just what I have heard around school and in some researching I've done, that many places are trying to get rid of LPNs and that eventually facilities will want everyone to have their bachelors. I will look into this route though.
    LPN school requires no less commitment in terms of what might be the underlying issues you allude to,though.

    I would definitely write the letter, but it sounds like those unspecified challenges you mentioned could be the basis for your getting to the real reasons you failed again.

    Many students face challenges over the course of nursing school, which force an adaptive response of some sort, so they don't derail your progress completely.

    If you can honestly say specifically what you would do differently given the same set of circumstances next time around you've got a shot at success.

    Don't give up your dream. But don't jump back in if there's even a remote chance of a third pattern repeat.

    Wishing you the best!
  14. by   noemi430
    I was dismissed from a BSN program my Junior year in 2011. It was heartbreaking and terrifying considering I took out so many loans to pay for the program. I didn't submit an appeal because I didn't think they would give me another shot. I signed up for a Phlebotomy/EKG program and was hired as a PCT for a NYC hospital. After three years, I decided to try nursing school again because it was all I could think about. I had to retake my sciences that "expired" and I am now in an AAS nursing program. I chose to go for an associates degree first because I feel I need to take things slower this time. I currently have a 4.0GPA and a better grasp of what is expected from me. I feel where you're coming from and hope you find a route that works for you!

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